And it wasn’t.
I got my dark red bounty home and washed it off in the colander, shook off the excess and wandered out into the garden for my favorite early summer treat: fresh cherries.
Except it isn’t early summer. It is midsummer, for reals people, and those cherries were more battered and bruised than I could see through the plastic. Another reason to use the farmer’s market, I guess. Oh well.
Luckily, the good people over at FarmCurious gave me a hint as to what to do with the overabundance of cherries that were not too bad to toss, yet not good enough to snack on.
And since I’m not really ever going to make this (though it looks fun), Cherry Bounce works for me.
It is sorta like Kirsch. You need 4 things: cherries, vodka, sugar, mason jar. Then, you’ll have a party in about 6 months.
FarmCurious used sour cherries which sounds delightful. I used what I had: Bing.
I also substituted palm sugar; its a little less refined and makes me less crazy and tastes every bit as good as cane.
Lastly, I pitted my cherries in the name of maximizing space in the jar for more sweet, boozy, red fun.